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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 Sam·son /ˈsæm(p)sən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sam·son n. An Israelite of Bible record (see --Judges xiii.), distinguished for his great strength; hence, a man of extraordinary physical strength.
 Samson post. (a) Naut. A strong post resting on the keelson, and supporting a beam of the deck; also, a temporary or movable pillar carrying a leading block or pulley for various purposes. --Brande & C. (b) In deep-well boring, the post which supports the walking beam of the apparatus.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: (Old Testament) a judge of Israel who performed herculean
           feats of strength against the Philistines until he was
           betrayed to them by his mistress Delilah
      2: a large and strong and heavyset man; "he was a bull of a
         man"; "a thick-skinned bruiser ready to give as good as he
         got" [syn: bull, bruiser, strapper]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    of the sun, the son of Manoah, born at Zorah. The narrative of
    his life is given in Judg. 13-16. He was a "Nazarite unto God"
    from his birth, the first Nazarite mentioned in Scripture (Judg.
    13:3-5; comp. Num. 6:1-21). The first recorded event of his life
    was his marriage with a Philistine woman of Timnath (Judg.
    14:1-5). Such a marriage was not forbidden by the law of Moses,
    as the Philistines did not form one of the seven doomed
    Canaanite nations (Ex. 34:11-16; Deut. 7:1-4). It was, however,
    an ill-assorted and unblessed marriage. His wife was soon taken
    from him and given "to his companion" (Judg. 14:20). For this
    Samson took revenge by burning the "standing corn of the
    Philistines" (15:1-8), who, in their turn, in revenge "burnt her
    and her father with fire." Her death he terribly avenged
    (15:7-19). During the twenty years following this he judged
    Israel; but we have no record of his life. Probably these twenty
    years may have been simultaneous with the last twenty years of
    Eli's life. After this we have an account of his exploits at
    Gaza (16:1-3), and of his infatuation for Delilah, and her
    treachery (16:4-20), and then of his melancholy death
    (16:21-31). He perished in the last terrible destruction he
    brought upon his enemies. "So the dead which he slew at his
    death were more [in social and political importance=the elite of
    the people] than they which he slew in his life."
      "Straining all his nerves, he bowed:
      As with the force of winds and waters pent,
      When mountains tremble, those two massy pillars
      With horrible convulsion to and fro
      He tugged, he shook, till down they came, and drew
      The whole roof after them, with burst of thunder
      Upon the heads of all who sat beneath,
      Lords, ladies, captains, counsellors, or priests,
      Their choice nobility and flower."
      Milton's Samson Agonistes.

From: Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's)

 Samson, his sun; his service; there the second time